June 09, 2022

Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 452 words, a 1.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Chaos up north

This man — shown at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — is identified as Ryan Kelley in a sworn statement by an FBI agent. Photo: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Michigan's GOP gubernatorial primary may be the most chaotic race this year, with a fresh twist this morning.

  • Hours before the prime-time Jan. 6 hearings, Republican candidate Ryan Kelley was arrested by the FBI on misdemeanor charges stemming from Jan. 6, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

Here's the crazy part: The primary is already a mess after the state bureau of elections disqualified five candidates — including front-runner James Craig — over a lack of valid signatures.

Kelley was charged today with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority during the riot.

  • He was also charged with knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against person or property in a restricted building or grounds.

The big picture: The FBI said the charges were supported by evidence provided by anonymous tipsters and witnesses, who shared photos of Kelley at the Capitol during the attack and identified Kelley in publicly available news media videos.

2. 🍞 Russian hunger blockade

Data: FAO. Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

The U.S. and Ukraine are accusing Russia of "blackmail" and "exporting starvation" by blockading Ukraine's Black Sea ports, Axios' Bálint Fabok reports.

  • Why it matters: Many countries in the developing world are highly reliant on Ukraine's wheat, sunflower oil and other exports.

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3. Catch up quick

Apple CEO Tim Cook in D.C. today, where he was meeting with senators on various issues, including competition bills. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

  1. The PGA Tour suspended 17 golfers who are playing in the debut LIV Golf event in London — including six-time major champion Phil Mickelson, two-time major champion Dustin Johnson and 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau. Go deeper.
  2. Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke with former Vice President Mike Pence in January 2021 about invoking the 25th Amendment against former President Trump, she told USA Today. Go deeper.
  3. NASA is setting up a team to look into reports of unidentified aerial phenomena, Axios Space author Miriam Kramer reports.
  4. The invasive spotted lanternfly could soon endanger California's wine region, researchers said today. The polka dot-covered fly could spread to reach the grape-producing regions by 2027. Go deeper.

🌶 4. Sriracha shortage

Photo: Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images. Food styling: Shannon Kinsella

Sriracha sauce may be harder to find due to a chili pepper shortage, Axios' Kelly Tyko reports.

  • California-based Huy Fong Foods (known for its sriracha sauces with a rooster on the bottles) told Axios it gets its peppers from Mexico — which, along with the western U.S., is in a drought.

"Unfortunately, this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient, we are unable to produce any of our products,” Huy Fong Foods said in a letter to customers.

  • The company's letter said orders submitted after April 19 would be scheduled after Labor Day in the order received.

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